Shout Out to RT

I just wanted to give a big shout out to all my fellow friends and writers who are attending the RT convention in Ohio this week. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t in the cards for me this year (although, given where I’m at with the book and the revisions, that’s probably a very good thing. Nothing like having a massive deadline hanging over your head to remove any enjoyment from an event.)

But seeing all the Tweets and the Facebook updates really brings back the memories for me. It’s amazing to me to think about last year – RT was my first “real” author event – and I had no idea wtf I was doing. But I met a ton of great people, pitched to my first agents, got to ogle the man candy and danced my ass off every night. And somewhere along the way, I think a mental trigger got switched. Being surrounded by so many people in the same industry – published authors, aspiring authors, PROs, PANs, booksellers, editors, agents – it just drove the point into my head that I *needed* to do this.

I needed to write. I needed to try to get published. I could almost taste how badly I wanted it.

And for some reason, all the mailing lists I was on didn’t quite have the same punch as, say, having drinks with a NYTimes Best Selling author. It’s the dream personified, I suppose. For me it put a human face on the goal. I think a lot of aspiring authors (myself included) tend to put published authors on a pretty tall pedestal, but in reality – they’re just people like everyone else. And suddenly it seemed like less of a pipe dream.

(So for anyone wavering on going to a convention – definitely try to hit one of the bigger ones at some point – they’re eyeopening, in a very good way.)

Right now, though, I’m in between worlds. My book won’t come out until next year, so I don’t have anything to pimp. And as great as the networking as the convention is, with the impending deadline I just can’t do it.

Next year? You can bet I’ll be there with bells on. And faery wings.

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9 Responses to Shout Out to RT

  1. Simon says:

    I'm holding off on a big conference till I actually have a novel to shop. Sure, I could learn from it, but I need bang for my (admittedly limited) buck. If I'm gonna talk the talk, I'd better have something to back it up, right? Snark only gets you so far in this biz… sooner or later you have to write something good. 🙂

  2. mynfel says:

    Right – and that's a good idea too. Just don't do what I did – which was finish the ms the week before the conference and then attempt to shop it out before it was ready. Though, like you, I didn't want to spend all that money to attend and not have anything to pitch.

    I was still rejected – and rightfully so, but it was a good experience, anyway.

  3. Danica says:

    I'm holding Nationals as my first major writer conference. I attended a smaller local conference, but I got to meet Angie Fox, Cathy Maxwell, and Erin McCarthy (who were all awesome workshop speakers…and Angie Fox is hilarious!). I had just finished my first manuscript, hadn't ever let anyone look at it, and thought I was ready. Yeah. Right. This time though, I'm going to be prepared. Now if only I can keep from fainting at Lori Foster, JR Ward, or Suzanne Brockmann's feet! (Although that would make an impression, it isn't quite what I'm hoping for, lol)

  4. KAK says:

    And Bacon Panties! You *can't* forget the Bacon Panties!

  5. mynfel says:

    OMG.

    WTF do you find this stuff? Seriously?

  6. mynfel says:

    W00t! I'll totally see you at Nationals. 😉

  7. Sara McClung says:

    I'm not sure what the RT convention is, but I am going to my first conferences over the next few months! Pretty excited…

    Happy revisions  😎

  8. KAK says:

    haiiiii ~type, type, type~

  9. mynfel says:

    RT == Romantic Times. It's a conference put on by RT magazine. It's pretty laid back as far as conferences go – lots of male cover models, costume parties, etc. But you can also get pitch appointments with editors and agents, so it can be very worthwhile. 🙂

    Which conference are you going to?

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